The Importance of a Great CV
The world of work has changed beyond all recognition in the last decade. In the good or bad old days, depending on how you choose to remember them, it wasn't uncommon for workers to be employed by the same company for most, or even all, of their working lives. The modern business world no longer seems to display such long term commitment to individuals, and equally, people no longer seem to be showing the same level of loyalty to their employers. Whatever the reasons for this might be, people and companies alike have moved towards a more flexible approach to recruitment to retain corporate and personal flexibility. Contracts are shorter and 'permanent' no longer means what it says.
As a result, people now change their jobs and apply for new roles more often, and the average individual is more inclined to consider a new work opportunity when one comes up. To survive and be successful in the job marketplace today, it's essential that job seekers have the ability to capitalise on an opportunity as soon as they see it. This is even more essential if you're out of work.
Whether you're in or out of work, your key job hunting resource is your CV, or resume.
Every job seeker must have a great CV to hand that shows them in a good light to potential employers and recruiters. A great CV should immediately show a recruiting manager that you are offering the experience and skills they need and that you speak the language of their company, sector and clients.
Whether you're actively looking for a new job or just following up on an opportunity, your CV is generally what will make the recruiter decide if it's worth talking to you further. Your CV is the window you give them to look at you through and, done well, can propel you to the top of the candidate list. A poor one though, could sink you to the bottom faster than you could ever imagine.
Hiring managers and agency recruitment executives are almost always busy people, sometimes with an unbelievably large volume of vacancies to fill, and ludicrously tight deadlines and targets to meet. By its very nature, recruitment is often about fulfilling an immediate need and recruiters will look to find the right candidate as quickly as they can, especially if they are acting on behalf of clients. Poor or unclear CVs will in many cases be immediately ignored or even thrown straight into the waste bin, as the recruiter makes conscious and unconscious decisions about you in a bid to find the best candidates for interview. Many of these decisions will be based on what the reviewer sees in your CV. This means that constructing and drafting your CV to ensure it's the best you can make it and that it reflects well on you, your skills and experience, is vital if you're going to get to the interview stage. When you deal with an agent or headhunter, a good relevant resume will see you make it at least as far as the hiring manager's desk. A poor one will ensure the hiring manager doesn't even get to know you exist.
Writing and maintaining a clear, relevant and informative CV is one of the most important things you can do to improve your chances of getting interviews and succeeding in your search for work, but remember, you need to tailor your CV to each prospective role and potential employer. Having one great CV is a good start, but you need to continually work on it to make sure that the CV you submit to each application is tailored to bring out the key points that particular employer is looking for, to make sure you use language they will relate to, and to emphasise and de-emphasise particular areas of expertise or experience to show that you're a good fit for the job they need filled.
That's one of the reasons TheJobWorx lets you upload an unlimited number of CV documents into your own archive, that you can read and associate with different opportunities when you need to. Remember to use the description field to help you remember what's relevant or particular about each version of your CV.
Article Added: 07/04/2014
Posted By: Paul Docherty